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LGBT Health. 2016 Aug;3(4):248-51. doi: 10.1089/lgbt.2016.0031. Epub 2016 Jun 27.

Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Suicide: Understanding Subgroup Differences to Inform Interventions.

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1
1 Simmons School of Social Work , Boston, Massachusetts.
2
2 Department of Psychiatry, Boston Children's Hospital , Boston, Massachusetts.
3
3 Harvard Medical School , Boston, Massachusetts.
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4 The Fenway Institute , Boston, Massachusetts.
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5 The Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work at Norfolk State University , Norfolk, Virginia.

Abstract

Sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth are disproportionately affected by suicide-related thoughts and behaviors relative to their heterosexual and/or non-transgender peers. Theory and empirical evidence suggest that there are unique factors that contribute to this elevated risk, with distinguishable differences among SGM subgroups. Although SGM youth suicide prevention research is in its nascence, initial findings indicate that interventions which focus on family support and acceptance may be beneficial. It is critical that we develop and test tailored interventions for SGM youth at risk for suicide, with specific attention to subgroup differences and reductions in suicide-related thoughts and behaviors as outcomes.

KEYWORDS:

adolescence; gender identity; intervention research; sexual orientation; suicide

PMID:
27348621
DOI:
10.1089/lgbt.2016.0031
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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